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Book awards: High Plains Book Award

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Works (111)

Indians and Emigrants: Encounters on the Overland Trails by Michael L. TateBook of the Year, 2007
Jay Cooke's Gamble: The Northern Pacific Railroad, The Sioux, And the Panic of 1873 by M. John LubetkinBest New Book, 2007
Charles M. Russell: A Catalogue Raisonné by B. Byron PriceNonfiction, 2008
A Feast of Longing by Sarah KlassenFiction, 2008
Migration Patterns: Stories by Gary L. SchanbacherFirst Book, 2008
Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith (The Western Legacies Series) by Margot KahnFirst Book, 2009
In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein by Peter H. HassrickNonfiction, 2009
Made Flesh by Craig ArnoldPoetry, 2009
Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son's First Two Years With Down Syndrome by Jennifer Graf GronebergWoman Writer, 2009
So Brave, Young and Handsome: A Novel by Leif EngerFiction, 2009
600 Hours of Edward by Craig LancasterFirst Book, 2010
Holding Everything Down (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry) by William NotterPoetry, 2010
Lanterns on the Prairie: The Blackfeet Photographs of Walter Mcclintock (The Western Legacies Series) by Steven L. GrafeNonfiction, 2010
No Place Like Home: Notes from a Western Life by Linda M. HasselstromWoman Writer, 2010
Twisted Tree by Kent MeyersFiction, 2010
Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations (Witness to History) by Tim LehmanNonfiction, 2011
Bound Like Grass: A Memoir from the Western High Plains by Ruth McLaughlinFirst Book, 2011
Ghosts of Wyoming: Stories by Alyson HagyFiction, 2011
Goodbye Wifes and Daughters by Susan Kushner ResnickWoman Writer, 2011
Horse Tracks: Poems by Henry Real BirdPoetry, 2011
Visions of the Big sky : painting and photographing the northern Rocky Mountain West by Dan FloresArt & Photography, 2011
American Masculine: Stories by Shann RayFirst Book, 2012
Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Indian Reservation by Sara WilesArt & Photography, 2012
Hand raised : the barns of Montana by Chere JiustoNonfiction, 2012
Married into it by Patricia FrolanderWoman Writer, 2012
The Ringer by Jenny ShankFiction, 2012
Songs of Unreason by Jim HarrisonPoetry, 2012
The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre by Sarah Kathryn YorkFirst Book, 2013
Deliverance from the Little Big Horn: Doctor Henry Porter and Custer's Seventh Cavalry by Joan Nabseth StevensonNonfiction, 2013
Foodshed : an edible Alberta alphabet by Dee Hobsbawn-SmithCulinary, 2013
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. DanforthWoman Writer, 2013
Montana: Real Place, Real People (Companion Press Series) by Alan KesselheimArt & Photography, 2013
Notes from the Journey Westward (White Pine Press Poetry Prize) by Joe WilkinsPoetry, 2013
The Round House by Louise ErdrichFiction, 2013
What You Get at Home by Dora DueckShort Stories, 2013
Baba's Babushka : A Magical Ukrainian Wedding by Marion MutalaChildren’s Book, 2014
Black Helicopters by Blythe WoolstonYoung Adult, 2014
Clearwater by Kim McCulloughWoman Writer, 2014
Cowboys and East Indians by Nina McconigleyShort Stories, 2014
In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene (Counterpunch) by Doug PeacockMedicine & Science, 2014
Karl Bodmer's America Revisited: Landscape Views Across Time (The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West) by Robert LindholmArt & Photography, 2014
Let Him Go by Larry WatsonFiction, 2014
Montana by Gwen FlorioFirst Book, 2014
Rough Breaks: A Wyoming High Country Memoir by Laurie Wagner BuyerNonfiction, 2014
Back to Batoche by Cheryl ChadChildren’s Book, 2015
Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West by Bryce AndrewsNonfiction, First Book, 2015
Balefire: Poems by Shann RayPoetry, 2015
Camp Outlook by Brenda BakerYoung Adult, 2015
Charles M. Russell: Photographing the Legend (The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West) by Larry Len PetersonArt & Photography, 2015
The Home Place: A Novel by Carrie La SeurWoman Writer, 2015
Stars Go Blue: A Novel by Laura PritchettFiction, 2015
A Taste of Montana: Favorite Recipes from Big Sky Country by Seabring DavisCulinary, 2015
The Widow Smalls and Other Stories by Jamie Lisa ForbesShort Stories, 2015
Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer by Patrick DobsonCreative Nonfiction, 2016
Cub's Journey Home by Georgia GrahamChildren’s Book, 2016
Far Enough: A Western in Fragments by Joe WilkinsShort Stories, 2016
Glacier National Park After Dark: Sunset to Sunrise in a Beloved Montana Wilderness by John AshleyMedicine & Science, 2016
Grizzly: The Bears of Greater Yellowstone by Todd WilkinsonArt & Photography, 2016
Historical Atlas of Colorado by Thomas J. NoelNonfiction, 2016
Madder Carmine by Tyler EnfieldFiction, 2016
Wolf Winter by Cecilia EkbäckWoman Writer, 2016
The Bones of Paradise by Jonis AgeeFiction, 2017
Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice HalfeIndigenous Writer, 2017
For a Little While by Rick BassShort Stories, 2017
Frederic Remington : a catalogue raisonné II by Peter H. HassrickArt & Photography, 2017
Hopping Ahead of Climate Change by Sneed B. CollardMedicine & Science, 2017
Hurt People by Cote SmithFirst Book, 2017
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy EganNonfiction, 2017
Mortal Fall by Christine CarboWoman Writer, 2017
The Pain Eater by Beth GoobieYoung Adult, 2017
Poems Across the Big Sky: An Anthology of Montana Poets by Lowell JaegerPoetry, 2017
Runs With Courage by Joan M. WolfChildren’s Book, 2017
Temperance Creek: A Memoir by Pamela RoyesCreative Nonfiction, 2017
Bad Kansas: Stories by Becky MandelbaumFirst Book, 2018
A Darkness Lit by Heroes by Doug AmmonsCreative Nonfiction, 2018
Days without End by Sebastian BarryFiction, 2018
The Last Chance Ladies' Book Club by Marlis WesselerWoman Writer, 2018
The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands by Chris TurnerMedicine & Science, 2018
Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival by Matthew P. MayoYoung Adult, 2018
Strangers (The Reckoner) by David A. RobertsonIndigenous Writer, 2018
Theodore Waddell: My Montana―Paintings and Sculpture, 1959–2016 by Rick NewbyArt & Photography, 2018
Throwing the diamond hitch by Emily UrsuliakPoetry, 2018
Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon by John ClaytonNonfiction, 2018
An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor by Danell JonesNonfiction, 2019
Albert Bierstadt : witness to a changing West by Peter H. HassrickArt & Photography, 2019
Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption (American Indian Lives) by Susan Devan HarnessIndigenous Writer, Woman Writer, Creative Nonfiction, 2019
Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories by Thomas McGuaneShort Stories, 2019
Come West and See: Stories by Maxim LoskutoffShort Stories, 2019
The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan HendersonFiction, 2019
Sadia by Colleen NelsonYoung Adult Book, 2019
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David QuammenMedicine & Science, First Book, 2019
View from True North (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry) by Sara HenningPoetry, 2019
Cold White Sun by Sue Farrell Hollernot in English Common KnowledgeYoung Adult, 2020
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houstonnot in English Common KnowledgeCreative Nonfiction, 2020
Fall Back Down When I Die by Joe Wilkinsnot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2020
From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistlenot in English Common KnowledgeIndigenous Writer, 2020
Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power by Pekka Hämäläinennot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2020
Reckless Steps toward Sanity: A Memoir by Judith Sara Geltnot in English Common KnowledgeFirst Book, 2020
River People by Margaret Lukasnot in English Common KnowledgeWoman Writer, 2020
Six Hundred Generations by Carl M. Davisnot in English Common KnowledgeMedicine & Science, 2020
Wilderness//Kingdom by Jory Mickelsonnot in English Common KnowledgePoetry, 2020
Winning Chance by Katherine Kollernot in English Common KnowledgeShort Stories, 2020
Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory by David A. Robertsonnot in English Common KnowledgeCreative Nonfiction, 2021
The Grizzly in the Driveway: The Return of Bears to a Crowded American West by Rob Chaney 2021
The Historians by Cecilia Ekbacknot in English Common KnowledgeWoman Writer, 2021
If Sylvie Had Nine Lives by Leona Theisnot in English Common KnowledgeShort Stories, 2021
Opulence, Kansas by Julie StielstraYoung Adult Book, 2021
Response of Weeds, The: A Misplacement of Black Poetry on the Prairies by Bertrand Bickerstethnot in English Common KnowledgeFirst Book, 2021
Roadside Geology of Montana by Don Hyndmannot in English Common KnowledgeMedicine & Science, 2021
Ruthie Fear: A Novel by Maxim Loskutoffnot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2021
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weidennot in English Common KnowledgeIndigenous Writer, 2021

Award description

The High Plains Book Awards originated as an idea from the Chair of the Billings Public Library’s Board of Trustees in 2006. Lloyd Mickelson loved the literature of the High Plains that evoked its special connection to that singular landscape. He encouraged the rest of the Board to consider having the Library sponsor an award to recognize and reward the excellent writing of our region. The first Awards were presented in 2007.


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